But to the man who would live throughout the whole divine form of his being, not confining himself to one broken corner of his kingdom, and leaving the rest to the demons that haunt such deserts, a thousand questions will arise to which the Bible does not even allude. Has he indeed nothing to do with such? Do they lie beyond the sphere of his responsibility?
“Leave them,” says the dull disciple.
“I cannot!” returns the man. “Not only does that degree of peace of mind without which action is impossible, depend upon the answers to these questions, but my conduct itself must correspond to these answers.”
“Leave them at least till God chooses to explain, if He ever will.”
“No! Questions imply answers. He has put the questions in my heart; He holds the answers in His. I will seek them from Him. I will wait, but not till I have knocked. I will be patient, but not till I have asked. I will seek until I find. He has something for me! My prayer shall go up unto the God of my life.”
Sad, indeed, would the whole matter be, if the Bible had told us everything God meant us to believe. But herein is the Bible itself greatly wronged. It nowhere lays claim to be regarded as the Word, the Way, the Truth. The Bible leads us to Jesus, the inexhaustible, the ever unfolding Revelation of God. It is Christ “in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,” not the Bible, save as leading to Him.
And why are we told that these treasures are hid in Him who is the Revelation of God? Is it that we should despair of finding them and cease to seek them?! Are they not hid in Him that they may be revealed to us in due time–that is, when we are in need of them? Is not their hiding in Him the mediatorial step towards their unfolding in us? Is He not the Truth?–the Truth to men? Is He not the High Priest of His brethren, to answer all the troubled questionings that arise in their dim humanity?
For it is His heart which “contains of good, wise, just, the perfect shape.” [quoting a poet]